High-Tech Specials

Using Technology in the Special-Area Classroom

Sesame Street: Song: There's An App For That

Cool Links to Cool Ideas!!

Just a Click Away: Free online tools to enhance instruction.

Cool Tools for Schools: Click on the categories along the left to narrow down tools to your area or need.

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: This lady has been around forever in the world of educational technology. I remember reading her stuff at the beginning of the internet world when I was at LMS. You can follow links from this site in many directions...it could take days........

Pinterest: Tons and tons of educational resources. You can search for people, pins, or boards. Search "people" for me (http://pinterest.com/sherrybourbeau/ ) and you can see lots of articles, etc. I have pinned. You can also search for Kathy Schrock to see her ed tech pins. You can search pins or boards for technology in education, technology in you specific special area of education. Again this can continue to branch for days and days and days...........

Flipped Coach: This is a site of a PE teacher somewhat following the flipped classroom model in the gym. Just an example of how new models aren't just for the regular classroom.

Technology in Elementary Physical Education: Agenda from my PE professional develop on 10/26

Web 2.0 Tools for All of Us!!

Voki : Create speaking avatars and use them as an effective learning tool.

Poll Anywhere: Poll anywhere is a great way to bring in mobile devices into the classroom to access student knowledge during discussion.

Animoto: Animoto is a great tool to use for turning photos and short video clips into great videos.

Edublogs: The world's most popular educational blogging service.

Tagxedo: turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

Prezi: Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint.

Bitstrips: Make and share your own comic strips.

Twitter: 100 ways to use Twitter in education article. Kathy Schrock's Twitter for Teachers


  • Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!


  • Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one ...

Slideshare: SlideShare is one of the most popular ways to upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other documents. Again, this is a great tool for transferring documents between your home and school computer without having to carry around a flash drive.

Blockposters: Upload a large image to Block Posters and create any size wall poster you want for free! This website is great for decorating your classroom if you’ve got high-quality digital photographs or art files.

screenr: Screenr is one of the best instant screencast tools available. It’s free and you can record on your PC or Mac, play it anywhere—even on your iPhone—and there’s nothing to download (as long as you have JAVA installed on your computer).

Teacher Planet: Teacher Planet has hundreds of downloadable templates for lesson plans, rubrics and more.

Online Stopwatch: Online Stopwatch is a web-based stopwatch that is easy to display on an interactive whiteboard and can count up or down. Use it for timed exams, essays, and standardized tests.

20 /20: a quick overview of 20 web2.0 tools These 20/20 videos are written by a PE teacher, but I think there is value here for other special areas as well.

20/20 Part2: a second overview of 20 web2.0 tools

Infographics and QR Codes in the Classroom

Piktochart: The Road to infographics in the classroom by Kathy Schrock

There's an APP for that!

Apps in Education: Click on the links at the top of the page to see a list of APPS in your area.

10 Incredible apps for education

PE Geek: This blog has tons of app reviews. Although written by a PE teacher I think there are many possiblities for other special areas!!

QR Code Reader/ TagMyDoc: Use with skill posters, etc. Kathy Schrock has a great board on Pinterest with lots of links for using QR code in the classroom, library.

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard: Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...

Great iPad apps for school counselors blog post:

Pinterest board for technology for school counselor:


This is a video made by a 7th grade student explaining how she organizes her personal learning environment. Basically, I want to be her when I grow up!!!!!! She uses a Web 2.0 tools called symbaloo for this. There is also a coordinating APP for this.
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